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Selecting Honorees

You may select one middle level Local Honoree for every 1,000 young people in grades 5-8 in your school or organization, and/or one high school Local Honoree for every 1,000 students or organization members.

Judging Criteria

There are several factors to consider when judging applications:

Initiative: Did the applicant initiate the activity or show exceptional leadership in an existing one?

Effort: How much time did the activity require? Did the applicant overcome any significant obstacles?

Impact: Were many people affected by the activity, or were individuals impacted in a major way?

Personal growth: Did the applicant gain insights or skills from the activity? Did he/she demonstrate a sound understanding of the value of service?

Schools and officially designated local organizations (county 4-H groups, Girl Scout councils, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network) may select one middle level Local Honoree for every 1,000 students or members (or portion thereof) in grades 5-8, and/or one high school Local Honoree for every 1,000 students or members (or portion thereof) in grades 9-12. For example, a school or organization with 1,001 students in grades 5-8 can select two middle level Local Honorees, and a school or organization with 1,001 students or members in grades 9-12 can select two high school Local Honorees.

Although you may choose to select your Local Honoree(s) yourself, we recommend using a diverse selection committee made up of the following people:

  • a board member
  • a local government representative
  • a member of a community organization
  • a member of your parent organization
  • a teacher
  • a student
  • a troop leader or youth club representative
  • a local Prudential representative (to locate the nearest Prudential office, visit Prudential's office locator